Unknown (2007)

There’s a whole genre (getting increasingly tired) of ‘people waking up in locked basements’ movies, and Unknown is one of the better examples. An added twist here is that all the characters have been gassed so they don’t even  know who they are, except that some of them are kidnappers and some are victims. A fine cast gets to play out the puzzle, led by Jim Caviezel and Barry Pepper, and it’s less than 90  minutes long.

There’s something vaguely unsatisfactory about the resolution, and it’s hard to develop any sympathy for the characters when they could all turn out to be bad guys. Still, it marks out  director Simon Brand as someone with a neat eye, even if his pacing is a bit off.

Mild Peril Rating: ★★½☆☆

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